ABC NewsJason Mraz kicks off his world tour in support of new album YES! on Thursday night, and he says the fact that he'll be hitting the road with Raining Jane, the all-female band who's also featured on the album, has made him "fall in love" with his old songs once again.
"Specifically for this album, it was a collaborative experience, and the sound that we make as a five-piece creates a unique sound," he tells ABC News Radio. "And so I get to run all my old songs through this new filter that Raining Jane provides."
"I've fallen in love with some old songs, thanks to what these girls are inviting me to do," he added, saying he was excited to play familiar hits like "The Remedy" with all-new arrangements.
"It's not that I had fallen out of love with it, it's just that I thought I had run out of ideas for that song," he says of "The Remedy," his breakthrough hit. "And then I just recently re-tuned my guitar and went at it a different way....opened my heart again to the song, and I'm excited to bring it back."
In addition to enjoying the new spin that he and Raining Jane are putting on the old favorites and the new material, Jason thinks that fans will like the fact that this new tour will be more intimate, because they're playing theaters rather than arenas.
"The songs take on new, more simpler acoustic forms and also their voices are angelic and it provides these layers I've yet to have so far," Jason explains. "And because we're in smaller venues, a conversation can occur onstage between myself and the audience."
One highlight of Jason's tour comes in September, when he'll play in all five boroughs of New York City -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx -- in five days, beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping September 22 and 23 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.
Jason's kicking off the tour with three shows in San Diego; he's lived in the area since 1999 and owns an organic avocado farm there. The Times of San Diego reports that to mark the beginning of the tour, the mayor of San Diego declared this past Tuesday to be "Jason Mraz Day" in the city.
Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsYou've heard her get "Fancy" and go "Boom Clap" -- now you'll be able to enjoy a new full-length album from Charli XCX.
The British singer/songwriter will release her sophomore album, Sucker, due October 21. Her new single "Break the Rules" is available for pre-order now. Charli says of the track, "The song is inspired by a lot of the things I was listening to whilst in Sweden at the end of last year. I spent about a month making a punk record and covering songs by Swedish punk bands...this song was written when I came out of the other side of that punk phase and translated it into something more pop.
Charli kicks off a headlining tour September 26. This Sunday night, you can see her perform "Boom Clap" live during the MTV VMA pre-show. Thanks to her involvement with "Fancy," she's up for six trophies at the ceremony, including Artist to Watch.
ABC/Donna SvennevikThe speculation that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage has fallen apart is intensifying.
TMZ is now reporting that a divorce is a "done deal" after the two allegedly separated in May. Reportedly, their lawyers have been negotiating a custody agreement in regards to the couple's three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.
TMZ claims Mariah is upset with Nick because he's constantly working, thus making him absent from their children's lives. In turn, Nick is allegedly frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with "yes men."
Earlier this week, the New York Post's Page Six reported that Nick and Mariah are separating after six years of marriage.
Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna and her boyfriend, Timor Steffens, reportedly are through.
The 56-year-old Material Girl and the 26-year-old Steffens were vacationing with her kids in the south of France when, a source tells Us Weekly, “Madonna politely asked Timor to take his luggage and leave."
The source adds, "He packed up and left the trip and said they were done.”
Madonna has since flown to Ibiza, Spain, minus Steffens, according to the magazine.
Madge isn't too broken up over the split though, according to another source who tells Us, “It was never serious, and she was never that into it." The source adds, "She’s been working on her album and getting [her daughter Lourdes] off to school, no time for anything heavy.”
Madonna and Steffens were first spotted together publicly back in January.
Interscope RecordsPharrellWilliams is being sued by the producer of his successful YouTube show, according to TMZ.
The producer of ARTST TLK alleges that Williams kicked him to the curb when he signed a deal to be a judge on season seven of NBC’s The Voice. Williams reportedly told the producer that The Voice made him an exclusive deal and he would be unable to do the YouTube show anymore. The singer allegedly wrote the producer: "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement? It's 'The Voice!'"
The producer claims he invested a million dollars into the YouTube show and wants Williams to pay. Williams’ rep told TMZ, "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."
ARTST TLK scored a total of more than 1.7 million views during its 12-episode run. It featured interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee and Usher.
Pharrell makes his debut on TheVoice September 22.
STR/AFP/Getty ImagesIt's been determined Jay Z and Beyonce did not violate U.S. sanctions when they made a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013, Time magazine reports.
The United States Treasury Department's inspector general's office made an announcement Wednesday. It concludes that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issues licenses to organizations that sponsor educational exchange programs in Cuba, was “reasonable” for having passed on a formal investigation into the couple’s visit.
In April 2013, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who are Cuban-Americans, raised concerns that the Obama administration wasn’t properly enforcing the travel regulations between the U.S. and Cuba.
At the time, the Treasury Department had given Jay and Bey clearance to make the trip.
In response to the accusations, Jay Z released the song "Open Letter," in which he rapped, “Obama said, ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”
Credit: Olivia MaloneChelsea Handler's E! talk show Chelsea Lately signs off the air for good on August 26, and the comedian will be getting a fitting sendoff: a serenade by Miley Cyrus.
E! reports that Miley will join Chelsea for her final show and sing the song "It's Over," a 1964 hit by late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Orbison. If this seems a bit odd, remember that Miley is well-versed in all kinds of classic music from the past. In fact, in November, she tweeted a link to one of Orbison's other hits, "Crying."
The lyrics of "It's Over" are about a break-up, and include the lines, "It breaks your heart in two/To know she's been untrue/But oh what will you do?/Then she said to you/There's someone new/We're through, We're through/It's over, It's over, It's over."
Miley's Bangerz tour is currently on a break, leaving the singer free to perform on the Chelsea Lately live finale, which airs next Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on E! Miley's nominated for Video of the Year at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, but she hasn't been announced as a performer or presenter on the show...yet. Still, how could she possibly top last year?
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCMAGIC!'s "Rude" is number one for a sixth week on the Billboard Hot 100, but they're likely to be replaced next week by one of two female artists.
The first one is Meghan Trainor, whose surprise hit "All About That Bass" has jumped to #2. The second? Taylor Swift's new single "Shake It Off," which is expected to sell more than 400,000 copies in its first week of availability, and might just debut at #1.
But the real story in the top 10 is its utter domination by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea. Between them, each artist has three songs in the top 10. For Ariana, it's "Problem," "Break Free" and "Bang Bang," her team-up with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. For Iggy, it's "Problem," plus "Fancy" and "Black Widow."
The only other female acts who've had three top 10s simultaneously are Adele and Ashanti. Adele did it in 2012 with "Set Fire to the Rain," "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," while Ashanti accomplished that feat in 2002 with her own "Foolish," Ja Rule's "Always on Time" and Fat Joe's "Wut's Luv?"
However, Adele and Ariana are the only women who've ever had three simultaneous top 10s where they were the lead artist. That's because Iggy is just a featured artist on "Problem," while Ashanti was just a featured artist on "Wut's Luv" and "Always on Time."
Big Machine RecordsOne of Taylor Swift's many celebrity friends is actress Jaime King -- and because they're pals, she's already gotten to hear Taylor's new album, 1989, which the rest of us won't be able to check out 'til October. So, how is it? Jaime tells E! that it's "amazing."
"This album, I could not tell you how amazing it is," King told E! at the premiere of her latest film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. "I'm trying to wrack my brain to try to think of an album that I've loved this much in the past 10 years. It's very difficult for me to think of one that's so solid as an album, all the way through as a whole album."
Commenting on Taylor's declaration that 1989 is her "first official pop album," King said, "The thing is she's always been a pop artist. Her country music always transcended and had a pop element to it. I think all of her country fans will still love her and follow her and be with her."
Meanwhile, in an interview with Fusion, Taylor says that unlike her last album, Red, which was about "dealing with an intense heartbreak," 1989 is about "the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re okay and you write about what your life is like then."
She adds, "At this point, I just want to be with my friends and I want to make music and I want to play shows. I want travel the world and I want to define my life on my own terms. That’s my list of priorities now, which is different than it was a couple of years ago.”
Finally, the New York Daily News reports that Taylor treated the fans who attended her Yahoo! live stream event on Monday to a pizza party at her apartment, where they were allowed to pose with her awards and cuddle her cats.
Nicki Minaj has everyone talking about the racy visual to her latest single, "Anaconda," which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 classic "BabyGot Back." After showing off her assets in the clip, she has won the respect from the man who many believe introduced the world to twerking.
The rapper posted his reaction to the song's video via Twitter. "Ok after watching @NICKIMINAJ Anaconda 37 times I only have one word to sum up my feelings. DAMNNNNN!!!!!!" he wrote.
Nicki shared her excitement about gaining his approval. "LMFAOOOOO. Life is so crazy. Thank u Sir MixALot. Still influencing us decades later. YouDaMan #BabyGotBack," she tweeted.
The song, which was produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz, is the second single from Nicki's upcoming album, The Pink Print.
Republic RecordsAriana Grande's beloved grandfather recently died of cancer, which may be why the singer is happy to perform on the upcoming charity telecast Stand Up to Cancer, airing Friday, September 5 across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.
Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, rock legends The Who, and rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common.
The one-hour special will feature stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Harmon in a "digital lounge" hosted by Katie Couric. They'll be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at WereCallingYou.org.
In other Ariana news, her new album, My Everything, arrives Monday, but if you can't wait, Ariana has teamed with MTV to stream four songs from the disc for your listening pleasure, right now.
The songs are the sexy "Love Me Harder," which features R&B star The Weeknd; the piano ballad "A Little Bit of Your Heart," co-written by One Direction's Harry Styles; the R&B-flavored "Be My Baby"; and "Why Try," which was co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.
Sonja Flemming/CBSSara Bareilles performed on the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and on Monday night, she'll perform at the Emmy Awards.
Unlike the Grammys, where she was a nominee for Album of the Year, Sara isn't up for an Emmy. She's simply providing the musical accompaniment for the annual "In Memoriam" segment, which salutes those stars who've passed away in the past year. Chief among them is, of course, Robin Williams, who will be celebrated by his old friend Billy Crystal.
It's not clear what song Sara will perform during the segment, though she did recently dedicate her song "Hercules" to Robin Williams.
Image Credit: Ben WattsOnce again, Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards have been sued by an angry photographer.
Billboard reports that a photographer named Aja Oxman has filed suit against the singer and his bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, claiming Patterson beat him and destroyed his camera after he shot Justin jumping off a cliff in Hawaii in November of 2013. Oxman claims that Justin ordered the beat-down, telling Patterson, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."
Oxman's suit further claims that Patterson grabbed him a choke hold, and repeatedly slammed him into the hood of a car as Justin watched. Patterson allegedly stopped when another photographer started filming the alleged assault on his cell phone. Oxman claims Patterson and Justin then destroyed his camera, and took his memory card and his keys.
According to Billboard, Patterson has already been charged and convicted for his actions, but Oxman's suit claims assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.
Earlier this year, another photographer, Michael Munoz,sued Justin and Patterson, claiming the bodyguard chased him into a restaurant in Miami after he shot Justin coming out of a club, then allegedly kicked and punched him and tried to take his memory card. At the time, Justin's lawyer told TMZ that Munoz wasn't beaten by Patterson, and that Justin wasn't present.
Republic RecordsThe MTV Video Music Awards are this Sunday, and a whole slew of stars have just been added to the lineup.
First of all, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minajwill deliver the first performance of their hit "Bang Bang" live on the show. That's not just the first TV performance: it'll literally be the first time all three women have ever sung the song together in public. The video for the clip will premiere after their performance at BangBang.MTV.com.
Next, Sam Smith will make his U.S. award show performance debut at the VMAs. He's nominated for Artist to Watch and Best Male Video. Sam says in a statement, "I have watched the VMAs every year since I was a kid. I am so insanely nervous but also so honored to be performing. This truly is a 'pinch yourself' moment for me."
Newly-announced presenters at the ceremony include Lorde, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Kim Kardashian, Trey Songz, and Orange Is the New Black stars Taylor "Piper" Schilling, Laverne "Sophia" Cox, and Uzo "Crazy Eyes/Suzanne" Aduba. In addition, DJ Mustard will serve as house deejay for the evening.
The MTV VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Pamela Littky /Columbia RecordsTrain, Matt Nathanson and hot new artists Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are among the acts who'll be performing at the annual Live in the Vineyard Festival, scheduled to take place in Napa Valley, California, November 6 through 9.
The twice-a-year festival features great music, as well as fine wines and food prepared by world-renowned chefs. Train, who have their own line of signature wines, is a natural for the festival, which is why they've performed at it a number of times.
In a statement, Pat Monahan of Train said, "We are so excited to be a part of [the festival] this year for many reasons. The fact is we’re excited to do anything that includes great wine, especially in Napa."
The only way to get tickets for the festival is to win them, through a variety of methods, including signing up at the website. Visit Live in the Vineyard for complete details on how to get yourself there.
In other Train news, the band has just added Ingrid Michaelson to its upcoming fan cruise, which takes place in February. Other artists who'll be joining Train on the trip include Andy Grammer and A Great Big World.
ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift's a pretty smart woman, and she seems to be able to do everything -- write, sing, play instruments, accessorize, act -- effortlessly. But Taylor says there was one particular thing she tried to do recently that just left her baffled: twerking.
In her new video for "Shake It Off," Taylor is seen attempting to take on various dance styles, one of which is hip-hop. She tells Rolling Stone, "We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it's just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there's like a science to it – they're, like, digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butt's moving. It's mind-blowing to me."
"They were explaining it all to me, and it's so above my comprehension of how to understand your body," she adds. In the video, Swift is also seen being equally clumsy at ballet, modern dance, cheerleading and other types of movement.
"I'm putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I'm having fun with it, but not fitting in," she says, describing the video's concept. "They're doing the most beautiful things, and I'm being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually, you will."
Expect Taylor to perform "Shake It Off" -- the first single from her new album 1989 -- on this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Hopefully, Kanye West won't be in the building.
Courtesy Julien's AuctionsOver the years, various items of clothing or objects owned by Madonna have been sold at auction to collectors, but this fall will see the largest-ever collection of memorabilia from the Queen of Pop go under the hammer in Beverly Hills.
Julien's Auctions, the leading entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, will be selling off a pile of the Material Girl's material on November 7 and 8, both in person and online. The items span her entire professional career, as well as personal items from her pre-stardom life, such as her 1972 junior high school yearbook, estimated to bring between $800 to $1,200.
In addition, the famous Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress, stole and jewelry from the "Material Girl" video; more than thirty pieces of period clothing from her movie Evita; the outfits she wore in the videos for the songs "Music" and "American Pie"; and her costumes from the movies A League of Their Own and The Next Best Thing are all up for grabs, as are handwritten lyrics, an MTV VMA trophy, an American Music Award, signed checks and contracts and her personal make-up compact. Even a signed document relating to her separation from Sean Penn is on offer.
One of the most interesting items is Madonna's day planner from 1988, in which she's entered notes about appearances on Letterman, outings with then-husband Penn, birthday reminders and holiday plans. That's estimated to fetch $2,000 to $4,000.
The most recent items up for sale probably are the latex mask, gloves, bra and panties Madonna sported for her S&M-inspired photo shoot with Katy Perry for the cover of V magazine earlier this year. Those are expected to fetch between $1,000 and $4,000.
From November 3 through the 7th, many of the items will be on public display at Julien's Auctions' Beverly Hills location. Visit JuliensAuctions.com to find out how to bid.
Steven Klein for V MagazineKaty Perry picked a convenient place to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge: at a water park.
While visiting the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City on a break from her Prismatic tour, a bikini-clad Katy posted a video in which she perched on a mock pirate ship and announced that she'd accepted the challenge of dumping ice water over her head to raise money for and awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Among those who'd nominated her: actress Zooey Deschanel, who many feel is Katy's lookalike, and Girls star Allison Williams.
After being doused by two buckets of water, Katy then nominated Madonna to be the next one for the challenge. She and Madonna are buddies; they posed for V magazine together earlier this year, and Madonna had Katy guest-curate her Art for Freedom project not long ago. So far, no response from the Queen of Pop.
Sarah Barlow for Marie ClaireCan a pop star change the world? According to Marie Claire magazine, the answer's yes. The magazine's current issue highlights "20 Women Changing the World," and some top female singers are included on that list.
Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Shakira and Jennifer Hudson are all featured on the list, alongside people like Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria. Alicia is included because of her work with her charity Keep a Child Alive, which helps families in Africa and India fight HIV/AIDS. J-Hud is there for establishing her charity, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, named after her murdered nephew. The charity distributes school supplies on Julian's birthday, as well as gifts at Christmastime.
Taylor makes the list for her philanthropy in general, as well as for writing a song about a young cancer patient and then donating the proceeds to cancer charities. She also makes unannounced visits to children's hospitals and visits with the patients for hours. Shakira is included because of her Barefoot Foundation, which builds schools and early childhood centers in poor countries around the world, including her own, Colombia.
Visit MarieClaire.com, or buy the magazine's September issue, to read about all the other women who are changing the world.